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Learn the Benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Improved Balance and Strength

Learn the Benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Improved Balance and Strength

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis? It is not a food, nor a medication. It is a series of slow gentle, research and evidence based movements designed to improve overall health, especially arthritis. Tai Chi is practiced around the world. Here in Sevier County, you have the opportunity to learn Tai Chi 1 by attending 8 classes instructed by UT Extension at the King Family Library. The eight classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., beginning July 11 to August 3, 2017.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control named Tai Chi as a top exercise for preventing falls. The US National Institute of Health promoted Tai Chi movements for its benefits, such as improved flexibility, muscle strength, balance, coordination, improved sleep and overall wellness.

“Easy, enjoyable, slow, beneficial, and relaxing” are the words past participants used for describing local Tai Chi classes. Certified instructor of UT Extension, Linda Hyder, teaches the class. Participants learn the steps in progression as a group during each session. The steps are smooth, gentle, and can be enjoyed by all ages, not just for those with arthritis.

Registration and payment is necessary to join the Tai Chi for Arthritis classes July 11 – August 3. The cost is $30 total and must be prepaid. Class fee will not be accepted at the King Family Library building at anytime. Fees must be mailed to UT Extension in Sevier County.

To register, mail a check to UT Extension, 752 Old Knoxville Highway, Sevierville, TN 37862. Checks made payable to: UT Extension – Sevier County. Class size is limited, so participants will register on “first come, first serve” basis.

For more information, contact Linda Hyder, UT Extension – Sevier County at 865-453-3695.

Make plans now to come, relax and strengthen with Tai Chi.

About UT Extension - Sevier County

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